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US Ambassador to UN: World Nuclear Ban ‘Not Realistic’

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(Last Updated On: March 28, 2017)

635876056974688879-AP-REPUBLICAN-GOVERNORS-CONFERENCE-77702310Nikki Haley, the United States ambassador to United Nations has said that a worldwide nuclear ban is simply not realistic, as nearly 40 countries stayed away from talks on the subject.

However, about 40 countries including United States, Britain and France that are equipped with nuclear weapons have skipped a UN meeting to discuss a new treaty and more than 120 others endorsed a plan for a legally binding nuclear ban.

United States envoy has said that national security required nuclear arms because of ‘bad actors’ that could not be trusted.

“In this day and time, we cannot honestly say that we can protect our people by allowing the bad actors to have them and those of us that are good trying to keep peace and safety, not to have them.” said Ms. Haley.

“There is nothing I want more for my family than a world with no nuclear weapons, but we have to be realistic.” she added.

The United Nations conference to negotiate a legally binding nuclear ban treaty was announced in October.

Britain, France, Israel, Russia and the United States voted against the nuclear ban treaty while China, India and Pakistan abstained.

In addition; Japan, the only country that has suffered atomic attacks in 1945 also voted against the talks.

Nobushige Takamizawa, Japan’s disarmament ambassador has said that working on a treaty without the involvement of nuclear weapon state would only deepen the division in the international community.

Meanwhile; Margot Wallstrom, the Swedish Foreign Minister, whose country is leading the calls for a total ban ‘leading towards nuclear weapons’ total elimination’ along with Austria, Ireland, Mexico, Brazil and South Africa said that she expected this would “take a long time”.

Countries that are not attending including United States and United Kingdom remain committed to the Non-Proliferation Treaty which entered into force in 1970 and is aimed at preventing the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology.

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IEA wraps up first day of talks with Norwegian authorities

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(Last Updated On: January 24, 2022)

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) said on Monday members of their delegation, led by acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi, to Norway met with Norwegian officials on Sunday and discussed issues related to the current situation in the country.

According to a statement issued by the (IEA), “a one-day joint meeting was held between officials of the acting Afghan government and a number of personalities in Oslo, the capital of the Kingdom of Norway”.

“During the meeting, the participants listened patiently to each others’ opinions and exchanged views on the current situation in the country.

“They affirmed that Afghanistan is the shared home of all Afghans, and stressed that all Afghans need to work together for the political, economic and security prosperity of the country.

 “The participants of the meeting recognized that understanding and joint cooperation are the only solutions to all the problems of Afghanistan,” read the statement.

The IEA also said all participants declared such meetings to be in the interest of the country.

Speaking at the end of the first day of talks, IEA delegate Shafiullah Azam told The Associated Press that the meetings with Western officials were “a step to legitimize (the) Afghan government,” adding that “this type of invitation and communication will help (the) European community, (the) U.S. or many other countries to erase the wrong picture of the Afghan government.”

Norway’s Foreign Ministry meanwhile said in a statement last week that Afghan representatives have been invited to Oslo from  23-25 January to meet Norwegian authorities, the international community, and other Afghans.

The statement noted that the meetings do not represent a legitimization or recognition of the IEA “but the de facto authorities must be talked with so that we prevent political situation leading to a worse humanitarian disaster”.

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Pakistan’s PM renews call for humanitarian aid for Afghanistan

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(Last Updated On: January 23, 2022)

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday reiterated calls for the international community to provide urgent humanitarian aid to Afghanistan.

Khan said in a tweet that under the UN Principle of Responsibility to Protect (R2P), it was obligatory to help protect people from the mass-scale humanitarian crisis left in the wake of a prolonged conflict.

“Right now millions of Afghan people are in danger of starvation,” he said adding it was the “duty of the international community to provide humanitarian assistance.”

UN agencies have warned that more than 23 million people are at risk of starvation if aid is not provided.

Earlier this month, the UN agencies launched a call for $4.5 billion in aid for 2022, its biggest-ever international appeal. The US responded with a donation of $308 million to be channeled through independent humanitarian organizations.

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IEA delegation arrives in Norway for humanitarian talks

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(Last Updated On: January 23, 2022)

Representatives of Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) arrived in Norway on Saturday (January 22) for three days of talks due to start on Sunday (January 23) on how to alleviate a humanitarian crisis.

Millions of Afghans have been plunged deeper into poverty since last year’s IEA takeover, which resulted in disruption to aid programmes and deteriorating food security.

The IEA representatives will meet Norwegian authorities as well as diplomats from several other countries from January 23 to January 25.

“These meetings do not represent a legitimisation or recognition of the Taliban [IEA]. But we must talk to the de facto authorities in the country,” Norwegian Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt said in a statement.

According to the Norwegian foreign ministry, meetings will also take place between the IEA delegation and Afghan civil society members, including women leaders, journalists, and “individuals working to safeguard human rights and address humanitarian, economic, social and political issues”.

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